If you’re like a lot of busy office workers, clutter, dust, and dirt just seem to take over your workspace of their own accord. Try as you might to keep things neat and orderly, before you know it, your once pristine and well-appointed place of business or home office has turned into an environment that is less than ideal from a health and productivity perspective.
If this sounds like you, it might be time to give the ol’ workspace a good old-fashioned top-to-bottom cleaning overhaul. And once you have accomplished that feat, you’re not going to want to just rest on your laurels. Instead, you can consider setting up a routine for maintaining a clean and orderly work environment going forward so you can try to avoid having to do that much scrubbing, organizing, and cleaning all at once again.
Whether you’re responsible for keeping an entire suite of offices presentable to clients and customers, are concerned with putting your own personal work area in good order, or want to restore your home office to its better (read: cleaner) days, this article offers a road map for getting your workspace cleaning routine back on track.
A Clean Office Can Lead to a Productive Office
We could all probably use a bit of motivation when it comes to cleaning, so a little background on the benefits of keeping a clean work environment is going to be helpful. To help you jump on the office cleaning bandwagon, consider the following facts:
Dirt, dust, and allergens that become trapped in carpets and on office furniture may contribute to air quality problems that may lead to respiratory problems and exacerbate allergies. People with asthma and other respiratory disorders may be at risk of developing severe illnesses from dirty office environments.
Studies show that a cluttered and disorganized work environment can interfere with a person’s ability to process information, reducing their ability to focus and actually causing them to procrastinate.
Bottom line? A clean, organized office is not only a healthier option but it can also help promote productivity and general well-being. It’ll also be much easier to find what you’re looking for.
A Cleaning List for Your Office
Now that you’re convinced a good office cleaning is in order, you’re going to need a system that you can maintain on a consistent basis. It will help if you break your cleaning tasks down into daily, weekly, and monthly tasks.
The lists below are pretty comprehensive. If you’re setting up a cleaning system for an entire office suite — including restrooms — you’ll probably want to accomplish everything on the list. If you’re just concerned with your own office workspace, you can disregard the tasks that apply to larger workspaces. If you’re operating out of a home office, you might want to consider adapting this list to your entire home.
Daily Office Cleaning Tasks
Try to do the following cleaning tasks each day. Not only may they help you stay organized and productive, but they’ll also help to lighten your weekly and monthly cleaning loads.
Organize your desk at the end of each day, including stacking items to reveal as much empty surface space as possible.
Lightly dust all hard surfaces with a dusting cloth and Microban spray.
Freshen up the office by spraying air freshener around each workspace and in the common areas.
Weekly Office Cleaning Tasks
Consider picking a day each week to do the cleaning that takes a bit more heavy lifting. It doesn’t matter what day you choose as long as you try to stick to a weekly schedule. You can even split the tasks up during the day, choosing some to do in the morning and others at the end of your workday.
Vacuum all floor areas, both carpeted and hard floor surfaces.
Lightly mop all hard surface floors with a wet mop.
Ideally, monthly cleaning tasks — which are deeper and more time-consuming — can be undertaken on the same day of each month. For instance, you might set up a schedule where you do your monthly deep clean on the first Monday of each month. If you’re cleaning an office that’s occupied by others or you simply can’t be interrupted during a weekday to complete these tasks, you might prefer to do your monthly chores during the weekend.
Some tasks to put on your monthly cleaning list can include:
Vacuum all air conditioning vents and replace air filters.
Wipe down all hard surfaces — using Bounty paper towels sprayed with disinfectant — working from the top (including ceiling fans) to the bottom (including baseboards).
Vacuum carpets and upholstered furniture more thoroughly by moving to get under and behind larger pieces of furniture if you can and getting under cushions.
Polish all hardwood surfaces, including floors and conference tables.
Wash inside and outside of windows (if possible) with a glass cleaner (or contract with an outdoor window washing service).
Disinfect trash receptacles and add new liners if needed.
Polish brass and other similar work items.
Don’t worry if you can’t get to every task every month. Try to prioritize the ones that may affect the well-being of the people who use the space. Many monthly chores are not that urgent, while others may really need to be addressed each month. For instance, while you can skip the brass polishing, its recommended that you change the air conditioning filters every 30 days.
Stock Up on the Cleaning Supplies You Need
Creating and maintaining a clean and uncluttered work environment can take some organization and discipline. Keeping to a daily, weekly, and monthly schedule of cleaning tasks may feel like an overwhelming amount of work at first. It’s OK to start slowly, though.
Even a little bit of extra cleaning can go a long way to help make your workspace a cleaner and more productive environment. Try to keep stocked up on all the cleaning supplies you need so you can accomplish each task with ease. This can help you adopt a manageable routine for workspace cleaning that works for you.
About the Author
Nancy Wollin is a Florida-based writer. She lives in and works out of a tiny house in part because there is less space for her to keep clean.
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